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1919 – what is new on Athos in 2017?

As mentioned before in our blog, things change rapidly on the Holy mountain. Here are five examples of some of the changes that I noticed on my pilgrimage this year: 1. The totall make-over of Paleo Monastir: Patriarch Kyrill and … Continue reading

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1918 – The arsanas of Lavra: Mandraki

This is how the harbour (arsanas) of Lavra looked in 1853. The oldest photograph that exists of this location. On our 2017 trip we found the old footpath from the monastery to the arsanas.  A very nice walk , much … Continue reading

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1917 – The sound of the tálanton at Esfigmenou

This is what we heard when entering the monastery of Esfigmenou after a long walk coming from  the other coast,  from Thibais. The beating on the wooden tálanton is a call for the monks to go to the church. Only … Continue reading

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1916 – Wolves on the peninsula: proof

We walked from Esfigmenou to Karyes, Marouda over the ridge (The Way of the Bey). Mostly monopatia, only a short intermission with a dirt road. The dirtroad overrules the path just after Stavros, where the routes from Esfigmenou and Chilandariou … Continue reading

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1915 – The chapel of Andreou

The history of the oldest chapel in the skiti of Andreou is written in post 1850. A short history in foto’s by Koolschijn (1970), Geldermans (1972), Wim Voogd (2015) en Herman Voogd (2017).Herman Voogd

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1914 – The courtyard of Megisti Lavra now and 164 years ago

In 1853 a photographer climbed the wooden stairs of the monastery of Lavra with his heavy equipment to place his camera in front of this window overlooking the courtyard. The photographer made this picture. The whole length of the eastside … Continue reading

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1913 – Lavra now and around 1900

Megisti Lavra, May 2017 with on the left, behind the trees,  the tower of the arsanas. We tried to locate the exact spot where the black and white image below was taken. This is the best we could do.  Lavra, … Continue reading

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